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Living Hour

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Living Hour’s expansive, gently psychedelic dream pop is distinguished by lovelorn melodies, transient polyrhythms, and an instrument palette that includes multiple voices, organelle, and brass in addition to Casio keyboards, guitars, and drums.

They made their debut in 2015 with Living Hour. After forming in Winnipeg, Canada, Living Hour released their first basement recordings in September 2013, including a cover of the White Stripes “In the Cold, Cold Night” and the original song “There Is No Substance Between.” Already establishing a woozy, slow-moving style, their first studio recording arrived in early 2014 in the form of the single “Steady Glazed Eyes.” 

Their eponymous debut album followed a year later. It received a limited cassette release from Bloomington, Indiana-based Tree Machine Records in April 2015 before it was picked up by another U.S. label, Portland’s now defunct Lefse Records, in February 2016. 

By the time Living Hour recorded their second album, the group had settles into the expanded lineup of Samantha Sarty (lead vocals, keyboards, trombone), Adam Soloway (guitar, vocals), Gil Carroll (guitar), Brett Ticzon (bass, vocals), and Alex Chochinov (drums, organelle, trumpet). With production by Kurt Feldman of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere, Softer Faces was released on Kanine Records in February 2019 – Marcy Donelson, Rovi